A marked Meissen match safe from the late 19th century for those matches that were struck on any rough surface. The rough surface is on the inside of the top. The box is a rectangle with cut corners and curved sides. The outside of the top is stepped with blue bands marking each step to the flat top, the sides of the lower portion curve inward to a low foot. The crossed swords on the bottom in underglaze blue are typical late 19th century. There is also the number 46 in blue, an impressed symbol and the impressed numbers 81 and 4. It is 3 ½ by 2 5/8 inches (29 by 17 cm).
Condition: No chips, cracks, hairlines or repairs. Very slight gilding wear to the edges of the top and bottom.
The decoration with an underglaze blue bird in a bush with overglaze red and then outlining gilding is found on Meissen from around 1750. This piece is much later but the decoration harks back to that earlier era.